Category Archives: Family

40 Days of Lent #8


Matthew 22:1-14 NKJV.   
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And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son,  and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.  Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.” ’  But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business.  And the rest seized his servants, treated them  spitefully, and killed them.  But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.  Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.  Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’  So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment.  So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless.  Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him  into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

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Debt: A Biblical Perspective #5 – Finale


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We are reminded of the liabilities debt brings upon us. One of burdens of borrowing and falling into debt is posting collateral. Today’s readings remind us that the dangers of putting down collateral does not just apply to us when we are in debt but it also warns of situations when we cosign for a family member, friend, or neighbor. Whether we are posting collateral as a security for ourselves or if we are cosigning, it is still a dangerous aspect of debt, and today’s reading reminds us that all situations will create a sense of slavery to debt. Making debt our master is not in the best interest of our spirit because God is our one true master and it is Him who we should follow and love.

Proverbs 20:16 NKJV – Take the garment of one who is surety for a stranger, And hold it as a pledge when  it is for a seductress.

Proverbs 11:15 NKJV – He who is surety for a stranger will suffer, But one who hates being surety is secure.

Proverbs 22:26-27 NKJV – Do not be one of those who shakes hands in a pledge, One of those who is surety for debts; If you have nothing with  which to pay, Why should he take away your bed from under you?

Proverbs 6:1 NKJV – My son, if you become surety for your friend, If you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,

Proverbs 6:3 NKJV – So do this, my son, and deliver yourself; For you have come into the hand of your friend: Go and humble yourself; Plead with your friend.

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Billy Graham on Proverbs 31:28


Proverbs 31:28 NKJV.   
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Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her:

A Mother’s Influence.   
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Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children. Someone has said, “Like mother, like children.” Most of the noble characters and fine leaders of history have had good, God-fearing mothers. We are told that George Washington’s mother was pious, and that Sir Walter Scott’s mother was a lover of poetry and music. On the other hand, we are told that Nero’s mother was a murderess and that the dissolute Lord Byron’s mother was a proud and violent woman. The influence of a mother upon the lives of her children cannot be measured. They know and absorb her example and attitudes when it comes to questions of honesty, temperance, kindness, and industry.

Daily Prayer

Thank You, Lord, for mothers who love You. Their influence is felt around the world.

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Debt: A Biblical Exploration – Part 2 of 5


When we go into debt we are subject to the decision of those who we borrowed from. Whether be financial institutions or people who lent the money, we quickly find ourselves losing things we hold dearly due to our inability to manage our finances. Not only do we become slaves to our debt, but we find our selves also in a servitude to the wills and desires of our creditors. God teaches us to that he has blessed us and has given us everything we could possibly need to live a debt free life.

2 Kings 4:1 NKJV – A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord . And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.”

Nehemiah 5:3 NKJV – There were also some who said, “We have mortgaged our lands and vineyards and houses, that we might buy grain because of the famine.”

Psalm 109:11 NKJV – Let the creditor seize all that he has, And let strangers plunder his labor.

Isaiah 50:1 NKJV – Thus says the Lord : “Where is  the certificate of your mother’s divorce, Whom I have put away? Or which of My creditors is  it to whom I have sold you? For your iniquities you have sold yourselves, And for your transgressions your mother has been put away.

Deuteronomy 28:44 NKJV – He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.

Deuteronomy 28:12 NKJV – The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.

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Major Themes LIV – Worship


REV 4:1-11 NKJV
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After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing  open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there  was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”

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Major Themes LVI -One Another


ROMANS 15:1-33 AMP

WE WHO are strong [in our convictions and of robust faith] ought to bear with the failings and the frailties and the tender scruples of the weak; [we ought to help carry the doubts and qualms of others] and not to please ourselves. Let each one of us make it a practice to please (make happy) his neighbor for his good and for his true welfare, to edify him [to strengthen him and build him up spiritually].
For Christ did not please Himself [gave no thought to His own interests]; but, as it is written, The reproaches and abuses of those who reproached and abused you fell on Me. [Ps. 69:9.] For whatever was thus written in former days was written for our instruction, that by [our steadfast and patient] endurance and the encouragement [drawn] from the Scriptures we might hold fast to and cherish hope. Now may the God Who gives the power of patient endurance (steadfastness) and Who supplies encouragement, grant you to live in such mutual harmony and such full sympathy with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, That together you may [unanimously] with united hearts and one voice, praise and glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
Welcome and receive [to your hearts] one another, then, even as Christ has welcomed and received you, for the glory of God. For I tell you that Christ (the Messiah) became a servant and a minister to the circumcised (the Jews) in order to show God’s truthfulness and honesty by confirming (verifying) the promises [given] to our fathers, And [also in order] that the Gentiles (nations) might glorify God for His mercy [not covenanted] to them. As it is written, Therefore I will praise You among the Gentiles and sing praises to Your name. [Ps. 18:49.] Again it is said, Rejoice (exult), O Gentiles, along with His [own] people; [Deut. 32:43.] And again, Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise Him! [Ps. 117:1.] And further Isaiah says, There shall be a Sprout from the Root of Jesse, He Who rises to rule over the Gentiles; in Him shall the Gentiles hope. [Isa. 11:1, 10; Rev. 5:5; 22:16.]
May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope. Personally I am satisfied about you, my brethren, that you yourselves are rich in goodness, amply filled with all [spiritual] knowledge and competent to admonish and counsel and instruct one another also. Still on some points I have written to you the more boldly and unreservedly by way of reminder. [I have done so] because of the grace (the unmerited favor) bestowed on me by God In making me a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. I act in the priestly service of the Gospel (the good news) of God, in order that the sacrificial offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable [to God], consecrated and made holy by the Holy Spirit. In Christ Jesus, then, I have legitimate reason to glory (exult) in my work for God [in what through Christ Jesus I have accomplished concerning the things of God]. For [of course] I will not venture (presume) to speak thus of any work except what Christ has actually done through me [as an instrument in His hands] to win obedience from the Gentiles, by word and deed, [Even as my preaching has been accompanied] with the power of signs and wonders, [and all of it] by the power of the Holy Spirit. [The result is] that starting from Jerusalem and as far round as Illyricum, I have fully preached the Gospel [faithfully executing, accomplishing, carrying out to the full the good news] of Christ (the Messiah) in its entirety. Thus my ambition has been to preach the Gospel, not where Christ’s name has already been known, lest I build on another man’s foundation; But [instead I would act on the principle] as it is written, They shall see who have never been told of Him, and they shall understand who have never heard [of Him]. [Isa. 52:15.]
This [ambition] is the reason why I have so frequently been hindered from coming to visit you. But now since I have no further opportunity for work in these regions, and since I have longed for enough years to come to you, I hope to see you in passing [through Rome] as I go [on my intended trip] to Spain, and to be aided on my journey there by you, after I have enjoyed your company for a little while. For the present, however, I am going to Jerusalem to bring aid (relief) for the saints (God’s people there). For it has been the good pleasure of Macedonia and Achaia to make some contribution for the poor among the saints of Jerusalem. They were pleased to do it; and surely they are in debt to them, for if these Gentiles have come to share in their [the Jerusalem Jews’] spiritual blessings, then they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings. When therefore I have completed this mission and have delivered to them [at Jerusalem] what has been raised, I shall go on by way of you to Spain. And I know that when I do come to you, I shall come in the abundant blessing of the Gospel of Christ.
I appeal to you [I entreat you], brethren, for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love [given by] the Spirit, to unite with me in earnest wrestling in prayer to God in my behalf. [Pray] that I may be delivered (rescued) from the unbelievers in Judea and that my mission of relief to Jerusalem may be acceptable and graciously received by the saints (God’s people there), So that by God’s will I may subsequently come to you with joy (with a happy heart) and be refreshed [by the interval of rest] in your company. May [our] peace-giving God be with you all! Amen (so be it).

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Ten Things to Do on a Day Like This


When I come to this part of the year and have day after day with blocks of free time, I simply run out of interesting things to do.  So I thought I would make some suggestions for all of us, to help with our boredom.  Here are ten suggestions to break the boredom on a day like this:

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10) Board games-  get out the old monopoly, parcheesi, et.al. and watch the family enjoy these classics.  I forget, sometimes, how much fun it is to play them.

9) Set up a Bible drill.  See who can find and doccument the names of God, fruits and vegetables mentioned in the old testament,  Make up other interesting things to research.  Have a prize for the winners.

8) Go for a walk around the neighborhood, say hello to everyone you see and show an interest in their property, i.e., recent landscaping, how well their tree is doing, catch up on their family events, etc.

7) Call people of the church to come over for coffee and “prayer & share.”  This modern version of the prayer meeting/testimony recital can be very helpful for those who have never regularly participated in anything like this.

6) Have a read fest.  Let everyone in the house pick a book to read that day and have everyone share the mains points of their book this evening at dinner or just after dinner.  Winner escapes dish duty.

5) Take the day to visit shut-ins. Sing with them.  Brighten their day by taking them a home-baked treat.

4) Take some time to call all your long-distance friends and relatives.  Put each family member on the line to share in their own way.

3) Give of yourself:  Take time to do tasks at church that would otherwise go undone, i.e. gardening, dusting, cleaning, organizing, etc.

2) Take the whole family on an extended picnic.  Take all day, with games, contests, etc.  Better yet, ask another family to join.  Think of ways to enhance this fellowship.

1) Set yourself aside, go to the prayer closet and fellowship with God, in Word and prayer.  Take your prayer list with you.  Put “do not disturb” on the door.  Spend the day in fellowship with God.

I think that this type of commitment will reap benefits for you and your family.  Peace be unto all of you!

Verse of the Day – December 31st


http://bible.com/114/isa41.10.nkjv

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)

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